Secrets are an interesting topic. Some of them are just little white lies so you don’t hurt someone, and others are very serious. I feel like teenagers are afraid to be open like that. We think that if people know our faults they’ll shame us and bring us down. Some people might, but the people who really care about you will help you. If you keeps things to yourself they will eat away at you. You should speak up, even if it means someone you know may get hurt. It’s better than keeping all of your emotions and feelings bottled up.
Loving Moderately is like being in a safe middle ground. It’s not good to either be super excited or be super depressed all the time. It’s better to stay in the middle ground. You can have those strong emotions but not all the time. The way Romeo acts is odd. He was in so much despair with his old girlfriend and then in one day he became this bubbly embodiment of happiness. Now he’s married to the girl he likes. I can see why Friar Lawrence told him to love moderately. He was just trying to prepare him for what was going to happen in life.
Some people hold grudges, if you have a problem with someone and you never talk about it then the hatred just stays. The reason can be as simple as they bumped into you without saying sorry. Or it can be more complex, like let’s say they threatened you or really made you scared, then maybe you have more of a valid reason to hate them. I have a person in my life that I have negative feelings about. They put me down and made me feel insignificant, they made me think I had to do all of these unnecessary things just to be noticed. I thought I had left them in my past but apparently not, after almost a year of not seeing them this person has reentered my life. back then they changed me into a person that I didn’t want to be. I don’t want that to happen again.
In my own personal opinion I think we should teach Shakespeare. The emotions and characters are well written and we can project ourselves onto them. The emotions they feel are relatable and real. Another thing is that the challenge of reading Shakespeare can be very rewarding if you actually try. Shakespeare also makes you sound more credible, it’s a conversation starter. If you don’t know what to talk about then you start having a conversations about a Shakespeare play that makes you look very intelligent. For these reasons I think it is still very important to teach Shakespeare at school.
Shakespeare is in an odd grey area for me. I don’t hate it but I don’t love it. Shakespeare and I never really got along, I always struggle to understand, yet I did enjoy some of the stories. I know he lived in the renaissance and he wrote things like, Romeo and Juliet (duh…), The Merchant Of Venice, etc. I remember in English I actually enjoyed the Shakespeare in that class, but in drama my lowest performance score was on a Shakespeare scene. Actually for awhile I wanted to do a Shakespeare play in 9th grade productions, but then I realized I can’t act out Shakespeare very well and quickly changed that in my brain. Overall Shakespeare is fine, I don’t mind it, I’ll probably end up rereading every page twice so I can attempt to understand.
Being able to self-assess is a very important skill. If you can look at your own work and say “oh I need to change this.” or “I can improve this.” That’s great because you don’t need someone else to look over it and tell you what needs to be improved. This can be very beneficial, if you constantly rely on others to tell you what you need to improve then that’s not going to help you very much. Yeah in the moment it helps, but it doesn’t help you understand why they told you to fix whatever they wanted you to fix.
In the past 3 terms I’ve been able to achieve a lot. My lowest grade is also my highest grade, an A. I have straight A’s and a 4.0 so in that area I’m fine. What I can improve on is study habits. I have chronic procrastination, I think I do fine with it but I defiantly take a small hit when it comes to projects and long term assignments. I can try to do things ahead of time so I won’t have to sudden panic the night before thinking if it’s due. For everything else I’ll keep doing what I’ve been doing. Do my work and get it in on time, don’t cause problems in class, focus and ask questions, don’t be afraid to ask teachers for help, and actually care about what you’re learning.
When you metaphorically climb into another persons skin your trying to understand all of their feelings and their thoughts. You don’t skin someone and walk around in that, that is murder and that’s defiantly illegal. Let’s say you and your friend are arguing. You’re so focused on your side of the story and your anger that you don’t take a moment to see it from your friends perspective. Once you do that you understand them better and you probably won’t fight anymore. It also helps with misunderstandings. You don’t just jump to defending yourself and calling them a liar. You can think of how they got to the misunderstanding and resolve it.
I honestly was dreading the reading of to kill a mocking bird, but it wasn’t half bad. The trial was defiantly my favorite since I like crime and tension. I struggled a bit with the inner voice sheets. I mostly just wanted to sit and read but I had to be focusing on certain things so it would pull me out of the story. The movie was good, but the end felt so rushed. They didn’t show the missionary meeting, Tom died the day of the trial, I didn’t even see Aunt Alexandra make an appearance. In fact I never saw this whole theme of Jem growing up and Scout needing to act more like a girl. The movie wasn’t bad, it just left out a lot of little details.
“They’ve done it before and they did it tonight and they’ll do it again and when they do it–seems that only children weep (243).” This was spoken the night of the trial. Atticus is talking about injustice and racism and how no one cares, or if they do they don’t show it. Everyone knows Tom was innocent yet they choose to let their racist, corrupt minds cloud their judgement and they sent this man to his death. It’s sickening. The end part of his quote talking about kids is kinda sad. As a child you have the ability to see passed someone’s outward appearance. Then as the child ages they are turned into a racist adult by the people around them.